Rodgers Probable for Playoff Game

Rodgers came through Thursday's practice "with everything OK," coach Mike McCarthy said on Friday. The Packers will enter Sunday's playoff game against Dallas in good health. (Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is probable for Sunday’s NFC Divisional playoff game against the Dallas Cowboys.

Because of a strained left calf, Rodgers did not participate in Wednesday’s practice and was limited on Thursday, when he took between 50 percent and 60 percent of the 11-on-11 reps. As much as seeing how he practiced on Thursday, coach Mike McCarthy and the training staff wanted to know how he felt on Friday. That news was encouraging.

“Aaron Rodgers came through the practice with everything OK. Feels good today,” McCarthy said. “Obviously, we’re not practicing today, but he’s progressing forward and I feel he will be available for the game.” "It definitely is an issue," quarterbacks coach Alex Van Pelt said on Thursday. "Anytime you have a lower-body injury and you’re a quarterback, it’s an issue. Hopefully, it won’t be on Sunday for him. The thing about Aaron that’s unique is, not only can he beat you out of the pocket, he’s probably the best in the business at doing that, but he’s just as good in the pocket – as he showed in the second half of the Detroit game. We’ll just adjust and see how he’s doing on Sunday and go from there."

The big unknown is the severity of the injury. McCarthy wouldn’t bite when asked if Rodgers would play if this were just a run-of-the-mill, early-season game.

“I don’t think anything really comes of it,” McCarthy said of answering a hypothetical question. “We’d go through the same process. If the medical staff felt that he was able to go, he would go. It’s no different than on the sideline in the Detroit Lion game. When I left the locker room, I didn’t think he was playing. But when he came back out on the field, the medical staff felt confident that he would go.”

For the Cowboys, three starters – linebacker Anthony Hitchens, linebacker Rolando McClain and defensive end Jeremy Mincey – are questionable. A fourth, right tackle Doug Free, is doubtful with an ankle injury. He did not practice this week.

Green Bay Packers

PLAYERPOSINJURYWEDTHUFRISTATUS
Brandon BostickTEIllnessDNPFull(Not listed)(Not listed)
Josh BoydDTKneeDNPLimitedFullProbable
Davon HouseCBShoulderLimitedLimitedFullProbable
Sean RichardsonSKnee(Not listed)LimitedLimitedQuestionable
Aaron RodgersQBCalfDNPLimitedLimitedProbable
Josh SittonGToeLimitedLimitedLimitedProbable

Dallas Cowboys

PLAYERPOSINJURYWEDTHUFRISTATUS
Bruce CarterLBKneeFullFullFullProbable
Doug FreeTAnkleDNPDNPDNPDoubtful
James HannaTEKneeFullFullFullProbable
Nick HaydenDTShoulderFullFullFullProbable
Jeff HeathSThumbFullFullFullProbable
Anthony HitchensLBAnkleDNPDNPDNPQuestionable
Zack MartinGAnkleFullFullFullProbable
Rolando McClainLBKnee/ConcussionDNPDNPFullQuestionable
Terrell McClainDTAnkleDNPDNPDNPQuestionable
Jeremy MinceyDEConcussionDNPDNPFullQuestionable
DeMarco MurrayRBHandFullFullFullProbable
Tony RomoQBBackDNPFullFullProbable

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